Locally Fresh: Juan M…

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The idea was to put two people together, give some guidelines, and let the magic happen. I had the pleasure to work with @MissJuan (Juan) and @ErkthaJerk (Erk) on this shoot. I came up with this idea on a whim curious to see what my results would be. I have always admired Juan’s personal style, it is always so effortless. She makes a fitted not look like a joke and I am always intrigued with the combination of her outfits. She really does just wake up like that…and it’s great. To shoot Juan I called on the multi talented Erk who does an amazing job of capturing the essence of a subject and not ruin it by airbrushing the hell out of the final photo. Our Sunday adventure was so much fun. We almost got hit by cars, hawked by strangers, and climbed on an old school truck. I am so proud to show you the sum of our work. Check out my interview with Juan after the drop!

Shot By Erk

Personal style By Juan

Curated by ME….

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Curator of Style…..

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Shot by @erkthajerk

I’m always trying to figure out new ways to stretch my creativity and I also enjoy working with others who are good at things that I am not. Like many stylishly conscious people I look to celebrities, artists, and designers to pull inspiration for my personal style. However the most effective influence can be found right in your own backyard.

Living in Oakland I feel like have access to a multitude of cultures and people who have distinct personal style. Since I have moved here I can see how my environment has directly influenced how I dress. This prompted me to come up with the “Locally Fresh” series. The goal is to put two people together. One photographer and one subject with distinct personal style, give them some guidelines and very little direction and see what happens. I believe in magic and to me this is what magic looks like. Identifying strengths and watching them flourish. I’m excited to share this first installment with you this week and hope that something about this influences you to take risks and be creative. Let me be your tour guide or a curator if you will of style.